June - Storm/Noise Phobia
If your dog suffers from noise phobia, such as from thunderstorms or fireworks, you are not alone! These types of phobias tend to get worse, not better, with repeated exposures. Here are some tips to help Fido cope…
*Change Fido’s response from ‘Oh no!’ to ‘Oh boy!’ by pairing the noises with things your dog loves (such as play, food, treats).
*Avoid trying to ‘soothe’ your dogs fear as this may actually reinforce his fear. Remain upbeat and casual during these events.
*Try a Thundershirt! Place this on your dog before the storm or fireworks begin. Thundershirts have a 100% satisfaction guarantee as well! Stop in the lobby and try one on today.
*Give your dog a safe place to go to during the storm. Most dogs prefer an enclosed space where they feel safe, such as a closet, a basement, or even a bathtub. Place a comfortable dog bed or blanket in the area as well as treats. If the safe place is their crate, consider covering it.
*Play some comforting tunes. It may help to play classical music near your dog during the storm/fireworks. Other dogs prefer loud rock music to help drown out the noises. Figure out what works best for your dog.
Some dogs can benefit from the use of an anti-anxiety medication (to be used with behavior modification) during these episodes.
Please tell us today if your dog is suffering from noise phobia so we can help!